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Emilio Longoni

Emilio Longoni (July 9, 1859 – November 29, 1932) was an Italian painter.


He was born in Barlassina on July 9, 1859, fourth of twelve children, from Garibaldi’s volunteer and horseshoer Matteo Longoni and from tailor Luigia Meroni.

Since he was a child he felt a great passion for painting. After he finished elementary school he was sent to Milan to work as a boy. From 1875 to 1878 he attended the Brera Academy where he received many awards.

In 1882 he met Giovanni Segantini, already his classmate in Brera, who introduced him to the brothers Alberto and Vittore Grubicy, owners of an art gallery which was active in promoting young artists. In 1886 he succeeded in renting a study in via della Stella, now via Corridoni 45. He started painting portraits and still lives for Milan aristocracy and middle class. Among his customers there was the banker Giovanni Torelli, the collector Giuseppe Treves brother of the publisher Emilio Treves, the banker Lazzaro Donati. In 1891 he took part to the first Triennale of Brera with works that made him known to the public and the critics. He developed a divisionist style of painting.

Between 1900 and 1932 he took part to the most important Italian and international exhibitions. He developed an increasing connection to nature and got close to Buddhism, spending \long periods painting in the mountains, mainly in the Bernina Range, where he painted many works from life.

After the first world war he shut himself up, his age forbade him to go to the high mountains while his painting became more and more immaterial. Far from exhibitions he worked for few people with whom he had a direct contact and kept away from art dealers. In 1928 he married his partner Fiorenza de Gaspari, whom he met in the house of Avv. Luigi Majno, one of his admirers.

He died in his study on November 29, 1932 and was buried in the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano.


  • Giovanna Ginex, Emilio Longoni, Catalogo ragionato, Federico Motta Editore, Milano, 1995
  • Giovanna Ginex, Emilio Longoni, Opere scelte e inediti, Federico Motta Editore, Milano, 2002 (ISBN 8871793722)
  • Giovanna Ginex, Emilio Longoni. 2 Collezioni, Skira, Milano, 2009

Works exhibited in Milan museums

  • Pinacoteca di Brera, Alba nel ghiacciaio, Neve in alta montagna, 1915–16, arrived from Lazzaro Donati’s collection
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Studio dal vero, Cocomeri e Poponi, 1886
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Gamberi e fiaschi, Natura morta comn fiaschi e gamberi, 1886
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Melanconie, Fanciulla triste, 1895
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Trasparenze alpine, 1910
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Ghiacciaio, 1912
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Disillusa, Paesaggio alpino,1914
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Goletta di alta montagna, Paesaggio di montagna,1915–20
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Ultima neve, Residui di neve, Paesaggio alpino,1920
  • Museo Martinitt e Stelline, corso Magenta 57, Augusto Donati,1903
  • Gallerie di Piazza Scala, Primavera in alta montagna, 1912

External links

  • Emilio Longoni 2 Collezioni, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano, from October 21, 2009 to January 31, 2010 in the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth
  • Emilio Longoni, a Lombard master at the Milan GAM

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